The Perfect Desktop - PCLinuxOS 2007 - Page 5

10 VMware Server

With VMware Server you can let your old Windows desktop (that you previously converted into a VMware virtual machine with VMware Converter, as described in this tutorial: run under your PCLinuxOS desktop. This can be useful if you depend on some applications that exist for Windows only, or if you want to switch to Linux slowly.

To download VMware Server, go to and click on Download Now:

Accept the license agreement by clicking on Yes:

Then download the VMware Server for Linux .tar.gz file (not the rpm file!) to your desktop (e.g. to /home/falko/Desktop):

To get the serial number you need to run VMware Server, go to Fill in your personal details. Afterwards you will get a page with a serial number for VMware Server. Write it down or print it out:

To install VMware Server, open a terminal and become root:


Then go to the location where you saved the VMware Server .tar.gz file, e.g. /home/falko/Desktop (replace falko with your own username!):

cd /home/falko/Desktop

Unpack the VMware Server .tar.gz file and run the installer:

tar xvfz VMware-server-*.tar.gz
cd vmware-server-distrib

The installer will ask you a lot of questions. You can always accept the default values simply by hitting <ENTER>. When it asks you

In which directory do you want to keep your virtual machine files?
[/var/lib/vmware/Virtual Machines]

you can either accept the default value or specify a location that has enough free space to store your virtual machines.

At the end of the installation, you will be asked to enter a serial number:

Please enter your 20-character serial number.

Type XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX or 'Enter' to cancel:

Fill in your serial number for VMware Server.

After the successful installation, you can delete the VMware Server download file and the installation directory:

cd ../
rm -f VMware-server*
rm -fr vmware-server-distrib/

Now we have to create a menu entry for VMware Server. Right-click on the PC icon:

and select Menu Editor.

I'd like to have the VMware Server menu entry in the System submenu, so I mark System and click on the New Item button:

As Item name, I fill in VMware Server:

In the Command field, I type in /usr/bin/vmware:

Then I click on the Icon button:

and select the VMware icon:

Afterwards we can close the KDE Menu Editor window. When you do it, you will be asked if you want to save your changes. Click on Save:

You will now find VMware Server in the System submenu.

When you start it, select Local host:

Afterwards, you can create virtual machines (or import your virtual Windows machine that you created with VMware Converter):


11 Inventory (III)

We have now all wanted applications installed:

[x] The GIMP
[x] F-Spot
[x] Picasa

[x] Firefox
[x] Opera
[x] Flash Player
[x] gFTP
[x] Thunderbird
[x] Evolution
[x] aMule
[x] Bittorrent
[x] Azureus
[x] Kopete
[x] Skype
[x] Google Earth
[x] Xchat IRC

[x] OpenOffice Writer
[x] OpenOffice Calc
[x] Adobe Reader
[x] GnuCash
[x] Scribus

Sound & Video:
[x] Amarok
[x] Audacity
[x] Banshee
[x] MPlayer
[x] Rhythmbox Music Player
[x] gtkPod
[x] XMMS
[x] dvd::rip
[x] Kino
[x] Sound Juicer CD Extractor
[x] VLC Media Player
[x] Real Player
[x] Totem
[x] Xine
[x] GnomeBaker
[x] K3B
[x] Multimedia-Codecs

[x] Nvu
[x] Bluefish
[x] Quanta Plus

[x] VMware Server
[x] True Type fonts
[x] Java
[x] Read/Write Support for NTFS partitions


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From: at: 2007-05-30 10:50:30

I think it's a great idea to try and get people to move from Windows to linux (any distro), but all the howtos (including this one) get a bit over-exuberant on the apps being installed.  I notice you have included Thunderbird and Evolution.  Surely it would have been better to just have one mail client ?  The same applies to CD/DVD burning packages.  And how many media players can you use at once.  I think this is indicative of the struggle to move people from Windows.  Pick a player and make sure it can use all the appropriate codecs to allow the user to play anything they like.

Sure a choice of mail clients is nice, but if a user sets them both up and uses them both to retrieve mail, they will end up with (approx) half their mail in each. 

Maybe I'll put my typing where my mouth is and produce a howto to replicate the out-of-the-box Windows experience.

From: admin at: 2007-05-31 10:15:11

This is just for demonstration purposes. Of course, you can install all the software, but you can also pick only the software that you need. The tutorial just shows how to install all software, but it's up to you which software you install.

From: at: 2008-08-01 01:17:15

Thank you for the how to Falko,

One question, when you list programs of what you think should be on PCLinuxOS 2007 like Firefox, OpenOffice etc, that whole list, do you mean I should have those saved first in my Windows Programs folder or get them after I install Linux?

I am an infant with Linux so please keep that in mind.

Thank you,

Thomas Lowe

From: Anonymous at: 2008-09-26 09:32:19

I'm sure you have worked it out by now but...

To install programs in PCLinuxOS (like other Linux distros) you select them from a repository list, unlike Windows where you need to find them yourself and hope it works. The repository (package manager) contains the latest versions of compatable software.

Hope that has helped and please correct me if that sounded wrong.

From: Philippe at: 2009-02-13 08:16:08

Am trying to install the program on my laptop and keep getting the same error message:

ERROR: Unable to mount loop filesystem,

Commant were:

Losetup /dev/loop0 initrd/cdrom/livecd.sqfs

mount -r -t squashfs /dev/loop0, initrd/loopfs

Dropping you to a limited shell

Loading /initrd/binash

Then the pc is frozen. Out of curiosity I tried to check what would happen on my other laptop (the first is on Windows XP and the 2nd one on Windows Vista) and I get the same error message.

Can you help?

From: Christo at: 2009-05-03 20:10:51

Hi Falcon ,

You have really put out some  great stuff out there .... It is very very useful..... But I am having an doubt and request you to clear it. . . . .

I am having Windows Xp installed on my system but I am also in need of LINUX. . . . Can u tell me any way in which I can install LINUX with formatting any data and having XP also installed on the  same system. . . . Please let me know if it is possible because earlier I had both Xp and Win 98 on my system in which i could login to the desired Operating system . .  . I want to know if the same is possible for XP and LINUX......

PLz reply soon....

From: Anonymous at: 2009-03-05 23:17:59

I know nothing about linux, but I wanted an alternative to windows, and this tutorial really helped me with the intalation of pclinuxos2007.  More simple than this you can not ge it.


thank you Falcon

From: Joseph at: 2009-03-06 19:10:11

Sorry, I got to exited when I finally installed PCLOS that I wrote "Falcon" instend of Falko. I know you are not permited to ask for help but if you know how to or know of a tutorial like this o very similar, on how to dual boot pclinux07 and win xp pro  I will really apricited.  I had tried few of them but no luck so far.

Thank you again  Falko  

From: at: 2008-03-05 15:17:51

Hi Falko,

If the user doesn't want to install additional software in Section 6 then the user needs to do the following to update his/her system. 

After, clicking "Reload" and "Our packages database gets updated":

- click "Mark All Upgrades"

- then, click "Apply" so that the system can "remove" "install" "upgrade" the packages.

- by doing the above this will at least give the user an updated system if the user decides not to "Installing Additional Software" in section 6.

Is what I wrote above accurate?  Thanks. 


From: at: 2007-05-25 03:11:02

I am a convert to PCLOS for the last 8 months.  I thought PCLOS 2007 was great as-is, you article has some hints on how it can be even better for me.  One additon from PCLOS forum member exterm:  "One thing to add if you play around with Vmware you need to grab the KDEvelop packages "  Thanks for confirming my choice of distros!  Great article!

From: at: 2007-05-29 15:39:08

I really like your write-up. This is how articles should be done-- with pictures to show you every step. Nice job.

However, I noticed a bit of bad information on page # 3. You advised people to select more than one repository. However, all those repos sync from Ibiblio, so they may not have the same packages at the same time. Long story short, only use 1 official repository at a time to avoid headaches.

Other than that, great job!

From: at: 2007-06-09 13:03:37

I really do like PCLOS 2007.

I have several pc's running this distro in my home network.
Even my wife can do all her daily pc tasks with it. 

With this manual i was able to install all my missing requirements.

Thanx for sharing !! 

From: at: 2007-07-22 00:58:40

Just went through this entire guide an installed PCLinuxOS on my computer. Works great! =)

It seems though the app Azureus is no longer on the server you provided. Instead I just used:


then to install it:

rpm -ivh azureus-